Re: Order in the Court!!!
Ches Martin (CHES@CLEMSON.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Dec 1993 15:32:00 EST
In answer to the survey posted by Marc Godbout:
How many boys show up for Troop meetings?
- Average of 40 (82% of active scouts)
What is the chaos level of your Troop meetings? How about a rating of 1 - 10
where 1="Should model for Fast Start" and 10="Black Monday on Wall St."?
When during the meeting is it at its highest?
- Any game time
- We have 3 game/contest periods (preopening, game, I/P Activity). Our
meetings are 2 hours long in a church gym/fellowship hall with lots of
open area outside. Out of the 2 hours, 40 minutes is devoted to games
- Openings and Closing, followed by Instructional time
Does it change as the year progresses?
- Not too much, but some as holidays as summer approach. We use the
outdoors in the summer for games which allow for greater release of
energy to help balance the chaos level as the year progresses.
Who generates the most decibels/disorderliness - older, younger,newer,
- New scouts who come in as a group from Webelos. That only lasts for
a few weeks, then it's back to normal as a result of positive peer
pressure. As a rule my 8th graders seem to be the rowdiest thoughout
How often do adults have to step in?
- MAYBE once every three to four months.
When do adults run the meeting?
- Never in 4 years with the exception of Courts of Honor, and even that
As in every good survey - Comments?
> - I think Fast Start should show some kind of "real life" meeting.
> If expectations are set too high, some adults (like a couple in our
> Committee) feel the need to take over.
Be careful that the expectations are not too low. If they are, neither
the boys nor adults will be challenged to do better. Those on the
committee who cannot resist the urge to step in should be asked to make
notes and join an after the meeting PLC review session to voice their
concerns. Adults roles are to advise and train - preaching to the
> I've noticed that it gets more chaotic after the game, especially
> if it's a high energy one. One of the PLC suggested saving games
> for after the (early) closing and play until the parents come. It
> sounded logical to me. Is there any advice I could give them
> concerning this idea?
One thing we do is allow our scouts to wear a tee shirt under their
Scout shirts. They can remove their Scout shirts for games, but once
the games end the shirts must go back on. I think this psychologically
breaks the game time and serious time for the boys, and makes flipping
the switch easier.
Scoutmaster, Troop 84
Blue Ridge Council
Greenville, South Carolina
Eagle Class 1981
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City